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Three New Alaimus-Species (Nematoda: Alaimidae) From Mount Kenya 1)

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Among the Alaimus species collected from various places on Mount Kenya, three appeared to be new to science. They are here described as Alaimus thompsoni n. sp. A. postamphidius n. sp. and A. asifkhalili n. sp. The first of these is a freshwater species that resembles A. proximus Thorne, 1939 and A. glissus Thorne, 1939, but differs from both in body length and body width; from A. proximus in tail length and shape, number of supplements and "T" value; from A. glissus in the shape of the oesophagus and by the presence of males. A. postamphidius n. sp. can be differentiated from all presently described Alaimus species by the very posterior position of the amphids. A. asifkhalili n. sp. comes close to A. aculeatus Andrássy, 1968, but differs in relative body width and tail length, by the presence of an obscure prerectum and of males. It also resembles A. similis Thorne, 1939, but differs in vulva position and presence of males. For A. thompsoni n. sp. the position of labial and cephalic papillae is demonstrated with SEM pictures and the specialized muscles of the vulva region and the copulatory apparatus are described. The arrangement of the anterior sense organs and the position of the oesophageal gland nuclei agree with the placing of the Alaimidae near the Oxystominidae.

Affiliations: 1: Instituut voor Dierkunde, Ledeganckstraat 35, Rijksuniversiteit Gent, B-9000 Gent, Belgium


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